Company is going hybrid for laptop hard drives. Gone are the days of the pure magnetic hard disk drive with high rpm.
Hybrid storage systems will become common on Ivy Bridge-based ultrabooks.
Acer's variation on the budget E1-472G Aspire laptop has good guts but an underwhelming exterior and design, and also lacks a touch screen. Nvidia graphics add a boost.
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We have yet to see a truly great gaming laptop built from the ground up with Windows 8 in mind, but the 17-inch Toshiba Qosmio X875 can be configured into a powerful, reasonably priced mainstream gaming machine.
Toshiba's 7200RPM, 2.5-inch drives now can top out at 200GB, and a 5400RPM model grows to 320GB.
Samsung's Series 3 laptop hints at Ultrabooks to come. It's small, light, and under $700. Those are three metrics the Ultrabook is aiming for in 2012.
As budget-friendly laptops go, the Acer Aspire E1-572-6870 is a good value with sufficient power for basic tasks, and it doesn't look bad, either.